The UM Campus Farm serves as the central hub of hands-on activity and is primarily operated by student interns and volunteers from the student group, Friends of the Campus Farm with the support of Matthaei-Nichols staff and the UMSFP Advisory Board. The Campus Farm was established as a vehicle through which UMSFP will provide experiential education at the University of Michigan, and to address student interest in gaining practical growing experience.
In recent years student interest has expanded beyond the capacity of on-campus gardens like Cultivating Community, Outdoor Adventures, and the garden run by Student Advocates for Nutrition. In addition to practical experience, students are calling for more locally-sourced, sustainable food available on campus. In rising to the expectations of students, the campus farm is a center for experiential and academic education and helps increase access to fresh food.